The word “kitsune” simply means fox in Japanese, though this word is often used to describe fox spirits or foxes who take the shape of humans. Japanese folklore tells of many different stories relating to foxes; almost exclusively, they depict female foxes. This Kitsune skin by tears features what seems to be one such fox spirit.
I am not aware of whether or not this is a skin of a character, or if the drawing it was based off of is not related to a story. Nonetheless, it is a fairly accurate skin:
This is a very bright skin, but considering the enigmatic nature of the kitsune in legend (and the color palette of the source image) it fits well. The deep red used for the clothing and eyes is definitely eye catching, but not overpowering – if anything, the skin could use a little more of it.
At first I didn’t register that the robe was open at the top due to the strands of hair falling about her shoulders. As a stylistic choice, I think I would have either omitted her bangs or made them darker, as well as separated the robe and skin more. Aside from this, tears has created an excellent skin that is a welcome relief to the often over-saturated or excessively cluttered skins that flood Minecraft.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Always keep any files that will be affected by a skin or mod backed up, just in case anything goes wrong.
Are you familiar with any Japanese fox legends? Let us know which is your favorite in the comments.